New books in translation

National Avenue

Jaroslav Rudiš
Trans. Fernando de Valenzuela Spanish

The story of an ageing pub brawler whose life is reduced to false mantras and empty rituals. An escalating plot, an engrossing narrative pace – and a finale that is, in its tragedy, actually funny.

New books in translation
The Invincible Seven
Martin Fahrner
Trans. Andrew Oakland English
B. Proudew
Irena Dousková
Trans. Melvyn Clarke English
Mummy Mill
Petr Stančík
Trans. Gábor Hanzelik Hungarian
A Winter Book about Love
Dora Kaprálová
Trans. Zsuzsanna Juhászné Hahn Hungarian
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The Invincible Seven
Martin Fahrner
Trans. Andrew Oakland English
B. Proudew
Irena Dousková
Trans. Melvyn Clarke English
Mummy Mill
Petr Stančík
Trans. Gábor Hanzelik Hungarian
Award-winning booksMore>
Triviality; A Romance in the Age of Genetics
Markéta Baňková
 2016 Czech Book Award
Trigger
Sára Vybíralová
 2016 Jiří Orten Award
New Planet
Martin Vopěnka
 2016 Golden Ribbon Award – Literary section: Literature for youth
Prisoners of the Silver Sun
Miloš Kratochvíl
 2016 Golden Ribbon Award – Literary section: Literature for children
Featured authorsMore>
The End of Punk in Helsinki is undoubtedly Rudiš’s best novel (...) “punk- rock” successor to Hrabal, he has now found a new position: he comments melancholically and sarcastically on the disillusionment of an aging punk, but the observations, lively dialogue and odd characters are framed by a solid plot with troubled fates for the protagonists.
—Pavel Mandys
iLiteratura.cz
Jaroslav Rudiš
The End of Punk in Helsinki is undoubtedly Rudiš’s best novel (...) “punk- rock” successor to Hrabal, he has now found a new position: he comments melancholically and sarcastically on the disillusionment of an aging punk, but the observations, lively dialogue and odd characters are framed by a solid plot with troubled fates for the protagonists.
—Pavel Mandys
iLiteratura.cz
Dousková is once again sarcastically witty, not only towards others, but especially towards herself. She shoots on sight, not in a mean way, but rather out of an instinct for self-preservation.
—Klára Kubičková
MF DNES
‘The Fifth Dimension’ is a weighty and at times challenging read, its themes nothing less than life, death, the universe and love. It’s absorbing, haunting and intellectually engaging throughout, with a gut-punch denouement.
—James Lovegrove
The Financial Times
Martin Vopěnka
‘The Fifth Dimension’ is a weighty and at times challenging read, its themes nothing less than life, death, the universe and love. It’s absorbing, haunting and intellectually engaging throughout, with a gut-punch denouement.
—James Lovegrove
The Financial Times
What characterizes the poetry of Ivan Wernisch most aptly is perhaps its unreliability. The author dons all sorts of masks – playful, wistful, deceptive, earthy, deferential, derisive. However, this unreliability is also connected with uncertainty and a lack of culmination, thanks to which the collection is open, attracts repeat reading and awakens a desire to let oneself be carried up once again to the heights of Wernisch’s poems and jump, even in the knowledge that someone might maliciously cut the cord of one’s parachute again.
—Markéta Kittlová
iLiteratura.cz
NewsMore>
Results of the second round of 2016 translation grants from the Czech Ministry of Culture

The Ministry has allocated more than €38,000 for 23 translations of Czech literature.

Antonín Bajaja and Miloš Urban nominated for Russian award

The award for foreign language books is organised by the Mayakovsky Library in St Petersburg.

2016 Authors’ Reading Month

The 17th annual literary festival will take place from 1st July to 4th August.

European Literature Night in Dublin included Martin Vopěnka’s ‘The Fifth Dimension’

The acclaimed Czech sci-fi novel was published in English in 2015.

2016 Jiří Orten Award and Czech Book Award winners announced

Sára Vybíralová won the Jiří Orten Award for Trigger, Markéta Baňková won the Czech Book Award for Triviality.

2016 Golden Ribbon Awards

The annual awards for children’s and young adult books were announced on 29 April.

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Czech typography

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Illustrators

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